Kentucky Couple Got Divorced in 1967, Are Now Engaged

Harold Holland and Lillian Barnes will wed on April 14
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2018 12:46 PM CDT
In this undated photo, Harold Holland and Lillian Barnes pose for a photo in Lexington, Ky. The two who were married in 1955 and divorced in 1967, are getting married again 50-years later on April 14,...   (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

(Newser) – A half century after getting a divorce, a Kentucky couple plans to get married again. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports 83-year-old Harold Holland and 78-year-old Lillian Barnes will exchange wedding vows on April 14 in Lexington. Their grandson will perform the ceremony at a local Baptist church. Holland and Barnes first were married on Christmas Eve in 1955, reports the AP.

They had five children together before splitting up in 1967. Holland says his job kept him away from the family prior to the breakup. "It was 100% my fault," he says. Both remarried and their spouses died in 2015. After that, Holland and Barnes attended a family reunion, and by last December, they were talking marriage again. Holland says, "We decided we want to walk the last mile together."

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